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Discussions - Public / Animated Map: Visualizing 2,400 Years Of European History
« Last post by ArnoldW2 on October 01, 2018, 06:10:49 pm »
The history of Europe is breathtakingly complex.
Jurisdiction over most of Europe's landmass has changed hands innumerable times —
except for the long time when the Roman Empire was dominant.

WW2 was important to our history, but Hitler's Third Reich was barely a blip compared to the Roman Empire.

Here is the same history, except with names of rulers instead of names of empires.

Now here's a history of Asia.
All Technology & Tech Help / One Reason Why He Would Want To Do That
« Last post by ArnoldW2 on October 01, 2018, 05:34:53 pm »
You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads.

A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Facebook’s latest deceptive practice works. They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

When a user gives Facebook their number for security purposes—to set up 2FA, or to receive alerts about new logins to their account—that phone number can become fair game for advertisers within weeks. (This is not the first time Facebook has misused 2FA phone numbers.)

But the important message for users is: this is not a reason to turn off or avoid 2FA. The problem is not with two-factor authentication. It’s not even a problem with the inherent weaknesses of SMS-based 2FA in particular. Instead, this is a problem with how Facebook has handled users’ information and violated their reasonable security and privacy expectations.

Second, Facebook is also grabbing your contact information from your friends.

Even if you never directly handed a particular phone number over to Facebook, advertisers may nevertheless be able to associate it with your account based on your friends’ phone books.

As Facebook attempts to salvage its reputation among users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it needs to put its money where its mouth is. Wiping 2FA numbers and “shadow” contact data from non-essential use would be a good start.
Father of World Wide Web Launches Platform Which Aims to Radically Decentralize the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, "The Father of the World Wide Web" has launched a start-up that intends to end the dominance of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, while in the process letting individuals take back control of their own data.

The mission of is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon.

Berners-Lee's new online platform and company Inrupt is being described as a "personal online data store," or pod, where everything from messages, music, contacts or other personal data will be stored in one place overseen by the user instead of an array of platforms and apps run by corporations seeking to profit off personal information.

As described on the and websites the new platform will allow users to have complete control over their information 'pods' (an acronym for "personal online data store") — it is only they who will decide whether outside apps and sites will be granted access to it, and to what extent.
All Technology & Tech Help / Why software gets worse
« Last post by ArnoldW2 on October 01, 2018, 05:28:25 pm »

Too many commercial apps and web pages are getting bigger, slower and buggier every year, but NOT better.


Incompetence.  Too many software and web site authors write huge amounts of garbage code.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Microsoft Next Strategy - Rent Windows By The Month
« Last post by Richardk on September 30, 2018, 09:00:53 pm »
Adobe is already testing the waters from what I hear. A Company has licensed products but Adobe keeps tightening their grip. Staff use to be able to work remotely, but no more. They also have a limited number of licenses but they use to be able to go to the department or person that needed something done and log in, yes networked workstations, and get their work done. No more. It's now tied to not only that particular person but also to their specific box. (They found that out when they said use my log in and do it yourself.)

All I can say is what a PITA if a box goes down or gets majorly upgraded. Ok, it's kind of like upgrading Windows but this is just an application.

Oh, and they already do rent by the month for the latest features and updates.

And what you say about Windows 7 is also true about Office. How many new features do you really need? They lost that cash cow.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Getting out of yahoo
« Last post by Richardk on September 30, 2018, 08:45:23 pm »
I've setup the "roll your own" for myself and others in the past and it often got forwarded to yahoo or gmail for convenience as well. So it's your own domain but they like the yahoo interface. Sure beats using squirrel.

As for Apple, they are making buckets of money on the iPhone right now but I wonder what percentage of their income, media and services will play as sales slow down?

Also Apple's network is really neat. Have an iPhone in a third world country or just no cell towers? No problem! Your texts and I think your calls will still find their way if it can find a network (wi-fi) connection. Only works iPhone to other Apple device. Can't seamlessly do that with an Android.
Ha-Ha-Ha I thought I was the only one that felt that way.

First why is it so slow? Why can't I find anything? (rhetorical questions from a guy that still runs XP. ;)

With that aside, I'm guessing that work forced you to upgrade?

The deal with OneDrive was the customers choice? God, it sounds like we are going back to the mainframe and mini days. Does anyone run "off" the network? Like highly secure or at least you have an internal network but no outside connection? I'm thinking like a utility or hospital? They might have outside access but it's highly controlled?

I remember the whole OneDrive kind of setup that you describe and it totally sucks. When everyone turns on their computer at the same time in the morning, you have lots of time for coffee and donuts. And when the network goes down, you are dead in the water.

When MS said Windows 10 will be the last Windows you'll ever need, they failed to tell you their plans for post Win 10.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Getting out of yahoo
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on September 30, 2018, 03:04:25 pm »
I already have an iCloud account from Apple and there is very low chance of not having an iPhone in the future. So there is always that option.

Apple is not really interested in harvesting your data beyond selling you more Apple products.

 I also have a Mac. One of the things how Apple gets you is the seamless integration between the devices. I text people on iPhones from my Mac. I love the fact that my calendar, bookmarks and other items  is the same on both the iPhone & Mac.

I am looking at other vendors as well for email.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Getting out of yahoo
« Last post by pxsant on September 30, 2018, 03:02:43 pm »
"Roll your own under your domain?"  is the way to go assuming you don't have a problem paying for your domain website with email somewhere.   Generally you can get something like that pretty cheap.   Hey you could even buy it from the Gorn!!
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Getting out of yahoo
« Last post by Richardk on September 30, 2018, 02:16:11 pm »
Ok, if not Gmail and not Yahoo, then what? Aol? "You've got mail!" Ha-Ha

There is one thumbs up for protonmail. What else? Roll your own under your domain? Or another paid service? I cringe at using what is provided with your Internet provider, so then what else? I'm just curious if there is some consensus.
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